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Phnom Udong

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also known as:
Phnom Oudong
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Location Type: Destination Attraction
The silversmith village of Udong lies about 40km from Phnom Penh. Udong used to be the royal capital from 1618 to 1866. Walk the 509 stairs up to Phnom Udong for spectacular views over the countryside with its many sugar palm trees and explore Udong’s temples, stupas and shrines.
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Wikipedia - Oudong

Wat Oudong on top of Phnom Oudong
Wat Oudong on top of Phnom Oudong

Oudong (also romanised as Udong, U-Tong and Odongk) was the royal capital of Cambodia established after the decline of the Khmer Empire from plague. It was named for the first King of Ayuttaya, as it was built by the Siamese as a seat of government for Cambodia and served as the royal capital until 1866. It is located on top of Phnom Udong, about 40 km northwest of Phnom Penh. In 1866, it was abandoned by King Norodom, taking his royal court along with him to the current capital, Phnom Penh. The city's name is derived from the Sanskrit word: उत्तुङ्ग uttuṅga, meaning "supreme." ... read more

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